Tulle Bedroom Canopy — Recycling Tulle from Wedding
Weddings are spendy, man. And maybe the worst part about spending money on your wedding day is that it comes, it’s over in a flash, and then your left with little money in your pocket and a whole lot of party favors, candles, and tulle (oh, and a spouse, too.) Thankfully, I have figured out a solution to re-purpose all that tulle — use it in your bedroom to fancy things up a bit! My wedding décor also consisted of a lot of twinkle/white Christmas lights, which completed the soft, chic elegance of the look. What I call this creation is a tulle bedroom canopy.
If you don’t have any tulle on hand, it can be purchased from most any fabric store… My recommendation, however, is to take a trip to your local Walmart store and purchase it from there. I found a price of 98 cents per yard, after I had purchased what I thought was a great deal at $1.79 a yard. Darnit. Anyway, about ten to twelve yards is perfect for your tulle bedroom canopy, unless you want to cover your whole ceiling. In that case I would recommend buying fifteen to twenty yards, to cover your ceiling in tulle. The type of tulle I purchased was considered “shiny” and I purchased the widest size. You can also get your white twinkle lights there as well. One or two boxes will do.
There are a few other tools needed to create the look… Tacks — silver or white OR if you are low on supplies and decide to do the spur-of-the-moment thing, you can use small nails with white cardboard to pin up the tulle.
Those curved double nail thingies (they are shaped like “U“s would be really convenient for hanging the lights on your ceiling, but I just used tacks. You will also need something to position yourself higher to the ceiling, because unless you have either really low ceilings or a reallllllly tall bed, reaching the ceiling wont work out too well. I placed our living room ottoman on top of our bed like a heathen and it gave me just enough height. However, moving the bed and using a small ladder or a step stool would be my recommendation. You may also want to use a pencil to mark off the points/square in which you want the tulle to cover, to prevent seeing crookedness once all your hard work is over.
So, the first step in creating the tulle bedroom canopy is to hand the twinkle lights directly over your bed. I made a small square in the middle of where i planned to hang the tulle, and let the lights hang down a little way (about 6 inches from the ceiling.) Next, you will want to pin up your tulle. This is the part that I thought I messed up on, but the way the twisted tulle hung made the whole thing look a little more chic. The hanging of the tulle doesn’t have to be perfect, but if you want a simple swooping look as opposed to a chunky look, my suggestion would to be to cut your tulle in half LONG WAYS and then hang the two swoops of tulle side by side above your bed, pinning at the intersection of the ceiling and the wall at the head of your bed, then pinning again about halfway down your bed, and once more at the end of your bed. The look I created happened when I started by pinning one corner of the tulle on the ceiling starting at the head of the bed. The second step was folding the tulle so that it forms a star shape, do not match up the corners. Then, pin four of the corners as you would to create a square shape on the ceiling, but make sure there is tulle hanging down/don’t make the square tight! With the corners that are hanging down, pin them on the inside of the square and let the very tips of the tulle hang down, to create a more chic/elegant boho look. The great thing with tulle is that even if your corners/square shape isn’t perfect, it will still look elegant, ESPECIALLY when you turn on those twinkle lights.
I reused the letters my in-laws had bought as rehearsal dinner decorations to hang above our bed.
Those have been there much longer than the tulle has, and they have stayed put perfectly with the use of “Velcro” command strips. I always fear that one will fall on either mine or my husband’s face whilst we dream, but so far so good — two years strong! The quote was a wedding gift from my aunt.
I also strung a string of lights along the top of the wall at the head of the bed, the extends the length of the wall. It adds to the light in the room and creates an even more elegant appearance. A sweet little collage at the head of the bed creates a sweet look that I think is perfectly elegant for our little apartment life.
Hope you enjoy the look of the tulle bedroom canopy! Comment if you have any questions. 🙂